Sue Cane lives in a magical cottage deep in Forestry Commission land in the hills and valleys behind Lyme Regis. Hers were the fabulous primroses that I showed you a couple of weeks ago.
Sue is a coeliac (in the days when we ran a fortnightly e-newsletter she wrote a coeliac diary for us), a gluten-free beer expert (she runs the GF beer category of the Freefrom Food Awards) and, in ‘real’ life, a camera woman. In which capacity she will be spending a good deal of this weekend advising me on how to set up the cameras and then film the FFFA presentation from Highgate!
But she is also now a somewhat accomplished ‘wood person’ – if there is such a thing – and if that is the politically correct way to describe them – and has been hard at work over the last few days. Here is her ‘laid’ hedge from last week.
This week she has been focused on her woodpile. I think that like so many others, she was inspired by Lars Mytting’s bizarrely best selling Norwegian Wood: a guide to chopping and storing firewood. However, creating a woodpile first requires you to make a wood cutting block:
Then, apparently, you need things called ‘crooks’ although I am not entirely sure what part they play and it is a bit late to ask Sue now….
However the resulting woodpile, although Sue was somewhat dismissive, is, I think, rather magnificent…. (Sue complains that it is listing to one side, which I guess it is – slightly. But keeping it totally level with all of those disparate shaped pieces of wood must be all but impossible!)
She tells me that that is around one ton of wood!!! Heat for most of next winter?
Anyhow, Sue was so exhausted by her efforts that she decided that a gentle walk through her woods, to the accompaniment of her very vocal birds, was in order. Very soothing…….
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